About one in twelve patients in the world suffer from medical errors – half of the mistakes can be prevented, according to a new study.
Tragically, these mistakes are preventable, but about 12% of patients who suffer from permanent damage remain. or dead. Human errors, erroneous judgments and unpredictable bad reactions can never be eliminated 100%, but the goal in medicine is to get as close as possible.
But we are still far away, according to the University of Manchester study for more than 335,000 patient records published on Wednesday.
To be misled is a man but can be devastating in a hospital setting. More than 8% of patients worldwide are affected by medical errors. Half of these mistakes are preventable and 12% prove to be fatal, a new study of international data has revealed
Involuntary injuries are generally the third leading cause of death in the US, but in 2016 two experts have made medical errors, in particular, fill this grim slot. According to their estimates, some 200,000 to 400,000 Americans die annually because of medical errors.
Such errors include a wide range of causes, including everything from unpredictable bad reactions to drugs to gross surgical errors such as making a mistaken operation to a patient. "When they finish a medical school and get their white coats. Patients should have great confidence in their doctors and medical care providers to do the way they swore. But new research published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that out of the 337,025 patients seen between 2000 and 2009, doctors and nurses had committed treatment errors at six percent or 20,221.5.
The World Health Organization considers psychological, physiological and social harm due to medical errors on the shoulders of doctors and nurses, in addition to permanent disability and death.
In their new study, researchers at the University of Manchester say that so many people say they have suffered harm in their medical care because they suffer from chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis in developed countries.
And these numbers are probably underestimated.
Hospitals are legally obliged to report medical errors that occur when the patient is under their watch – but that does not mean that the standard is being met. This requires doctors to have mistakes, sometimes fatal.
Previous research has shown that six out of seven such mistakes remain undeclared in the United States. So, in all likelihood, even more patients have had medical errors over the last decade analyzed by the University of Manchester. Based on their analysis, the authors of the study estimated that about half of these injuries, psychological traumas, infections and other mistakes could be avoided.
Most of the mistakes are made in hospital conditions and are associated with the wrong drug or other therapeutic effect or surgical error. practice and accountability.
"Our findings confirm that preventable damage to the patient is a serious problem in health care institutions," they write. They called for better procedures to prevent such obvious – but life-threatening – mistakes as medicine mixes and to ensure that doctors and nurses will actually become clean when their mistakes hurt patients.